ORLANDO — A Florida lawyer convicted this month of using a veterans' organization as a front for a $300 million gambling operation wants a new trial.
Kelly Mathis was convicted this month of 103 out of 104 counts, including possessing slot machines, helping operate a lottery and racketeering, and could face dozens of years in prison when sentenced in February.
Mathis served as an attorney for Allied Veterans of the World, which operated almost 50 Internet cafes throughout Florida, including in the Tampa Bay area, until his arrest earlier this year along with 56 other defendants.
About half of them have reached deals with prosecutors.
The arrests led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who had worked as a consultant for Allied Veterans.
Mathis said in his motion that he was restricted from presenting evidence showing his legal advice to the group was sound, and showing the Internet cafes weren't illegal at the time.